Angel Locsin had a meeting with Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. to discuss the allegations of the military official over the sister of the actress. It can be recalled that Lt. General Antonio alleged that the Kapamilya star's sister Angela "Ella" Colmenares has links to the New People's Army (NPA).
Angel's lawyer Atty. Joji Alonso posted a statement on her Instagram page regarding the said meeting.
"In a meeting held today between AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Lt. General Antonio Parlade, Jr. and actress Angel Locsin, the issues that cropped up these past weeks including the allegations against her and her sister Angela ‘Ella’ Colmenares, were discussed, threshed out and cleared," Atty. Joji posted.
The lawyer remarked that Angel supports the efforts of the government to protect the citizens and that the actress denounces any forms of violence.
"Miss Locsin expressly denounces violence and terrorism in any form and supports all efforts of the government to maintain the safety and protection of its citizens," Atty Joji said.
The lawyer said that the military official on the other hand expressed his appreciation for Angel for her contributions in helping the marginalized sectors of the society.
The lawyer added, "For his part, Lt. General Parlade conveyed to Ms. Locsin his appreciation for her contribution to the AFP and her continuing advocacy to help the poor, impoverished and the helpless. @therealangellocsin @neil_arce."
In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) last October, Lt. General Antonio accused Angel of not disclosing the ties of Ella with the NPA.
Following the red-tagging issue, Ella released a statement in October on Twitter and categorically denied the allegations against her.
“I do not have to defend myself as I have not done anything wrong but I decided to speak up, not just for myself but also for my children, whose lives may have been endangered because of this reckless red-tagging being broadcasted on social media," Ella posted.
I do not have to defend myself as I have not done anything wrong but I decided to speak up, not just for myself but also for my children, whose lives may have been endangered because of this reckless red-tagging being broadcasted on social media.#ActivistsNotTerrorists pic.twitter.com/caap4ey6uh— Angela Colmenares (@ellacolmenares) October 22, 2020
“Yes, I believe in the protection of women’s rights and human rights, the same advocacies that Angel and Neri fight for, but so do millions of Filipinos across the country. That doesn’t mean that I’m a member of the NPA as what is being claimed,” she remarked.
Angel also released a statement on social media in October and denied the said allegations.
"To set the record straight, hindi po ako parte ng NPA or any terrorist group. Neither my sister nor my kuya Neri is a part of the NPA or any terrorist group," Angel posted.
She added, "We live in a country where our freedom to speak and express ourselves are enshrined and protected by the Constitution. May paniniwala ako, may paniniwala sila, may paniniwala ka. At sa ilalim ng Consitution, pareho tayong mayroong karapatan sa ating mga sariling paniniwala. Kung mag kaiba tayo, hindi ibig sabihin pwede mo na ako i-red tag. Hindi tayo magkakalaban dito. Hindi rin ako ‘red’. Magkaiba lang tayo ng paniniwala."